I've had quite a busy August; often the school summer holiday period is a quiet one for training work. It's often hard to release people to attend a training session when you are short of team members because many of them are taking holidays with children.
Being self-employed, you have to be pretty disciplined in your work, including managing your time. Believe or not, you cannot just turn up one day and run a training course without some preparation! Even if it's a topic you have trained a thousand times or a subject you are very familiar and comfortable with, some preparation is necessary. I've got a design project underway at the moment for a decent chunk of work so I need to devote time for that.
There has to be a balance of course. There's seven days in a week and you do need to get some time off for yourself and loved ones. There's a three day weekend this weekend, with the last public holiday before Christmas. It would be quite easy for me to end up doing some work each of the weekend days. That, plus the fact that I have been working every day this week, is perhaps not good time management. So, I am not planning to work (Sunday) and very little of Monday.
It's now Saturday morning and I'm working, writing this. Gary (my husband) is at work so it doesn't seem bad planning to me to get a couple of hours in.
There were a number of things I planned to do during the "summer holidays" and I haven't got them all done, yet! But in my mind there is still a little time so maybe all is not lost. Personally I need deadlines. If I know there is something I have to deliver by a particular date, I will do what I need to do. If there is some flexibility, or I don't have a deadline, I am liable to put things off, because I can.
My late maternal grandfather (according to my mother) had a number of quotes/phrases he was known to utter; one of these was, "Procrastination is the thief of time." Very true indeed.
There's a lot to stress us all out in this modern world I think, so I am sure this is a chance that we could become too obsessed with managing our time. It's all about prioritising and making time for you and the things you like to do to relax, whether that be spending time at the gym, reading a book, watching TV or meditating. It's getting the balance right.
I'm planning to get the balance right this weekend, a bit of work and bit of play.
I would be very interested to hear how other people manage their time; if you are self employed, an employee or someone who doesn't work, how do you get everything done? I need to learn to be better!
Respond to this message with one word that describes how you manage your time, please
Happy weekend everyone.